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Earlier today I wrote about the Buy MIles promotions being offered by both American AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles through November 30, 2014.
As of October, US Airways has changed the way they sell miles, in the sense that they’ll apparently no longer be offering a 100% bonus on purchased miles. Instead they’ve kind of met somewhere in the middle in terms of how the two loyalty programs have approached selling miles. Under the current promotion they’re selling miles for as little as ~2.06 cents each.
However, reader Jay pointed out that apparently US Airways is still offering a 100% bonus on purchased miles for those with the US Airways Premier World MasterCard®. The promotion can be found after logging in at usairways.com/mcwelcome, and is valid through December 31, 2014.
Here’s how it’s described, at least for me (it could be that they’re targeting different members with different offers):
Reach award travel even faster with this exclusive offer just for you.
As a new US Airways Dividend Miles® MasterCard® holder, you can get up to a 100% bonus when you use your card to buy miles – up to 50,000 bonus miles. This one-time-only deal is quick, easy and the perfect way to get miles for an award trip! Offer Valid from now through December 31, 2014.
Using this method you can indeed purchase US Airways miles for 1.75 cents each plus tax, which comes out to 1.88 cents per mile!
The best part is that they don’t just offer the 100% bonus when purchasing miles in certain increments, but rather any size purchase qualifies for the 100% bonus. This is a great way to “right size” the mileage balances in accounts, if nothing else.
The promotion does reference “new US Airways Dividend Miles® MasterCard® holders,” though if you enter your Dividend Miles number and are offered the price all the way through the purchase page, you should be eligible. Best I can tell that link works for anyone with the co-branded card.
I guess buying US Airways miles for ~1.88 cents each isn’t dead.